Taliban deny meeting Pakistani Islamic scholar Fazlur Rahman
By Ghanizada - Wed Feb 13 2013, 8:32 pm
According to reports Fazlur Rehman travelled to Qatar in a bid to meet with the Taliban group representatives and “encourage the negotiators to talk to the Afghan government.”
However Taliban militant group in Afghanistan following a statement dismissed the report and termed it incorrect.
The statement further addded, “Several media outlets have reported that the head of Pakistan’s Jamiat Ulama Islam, respected Maulana Fazl Rahman, visited Qatar to meet with the respected chief and other dignitaries of Islamic Emirate’s Political office so to play the role of an intermediary for talks with the Kabul administration.”
“We must state that no members of Islamic Emirate’s Political Office nor has its respected chief met with anyone and neither do they plans to meet in the near future. All current and future reports in this regard are the personal views of the publishers which do not have any bases.” Taliban said following the statement.
In the meantime Taliban group spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said, “We want to make it categorically clear that the honourable head of the political office of the Islamic Emirate and any other member of the office in Qatar has neither met anyone nor any such meeting had been under consideration.”
However, sources close to the Taliban in Qatar, have confirmed to Pakistan’s The Express Tribune that Rehman held one round of talks with the Taliban negotiators in Qatar and that more talks are planned.
The JUI-F chief – who was earlier scheduled to return home on Tuesday – has also extended his stay in the Gulf state, the sources said.
Another JUI-F source in Pakistan, had earlier told The Express Tribune, that Rehman had gone to Qatar to meet representatives of the Afghan Taliban to “reduce gap” between the Taliban and the Karzai government.
Taliban has so far refused to hold talks with the Afghan government, which they say is powerless and installed by foreigners.